Mackinac Center Current Comment :: 8 August 2008


<>< Josh Rule : : 2008 MCPP Intern

Trying Liberty’s Hannah Mead wrote today’s Current Comment.  Mead looks at the current situation of ethanol growth in Michigan.  She talks about a cellulosic ethanol plant in which GM and the state have put significant money, but which might end up harming the environment while doing little to affect the price of fuel. Also important to note is that because this plant creates cellulosic ethanol, it primarily uses wood as its raw material, not corn or another quickly replenishable crop. I am inclined to agree with Mead that this new plant is probably not what Michigan needs.  with global food supply, global ethanol supply, and global corn supply.  Something does not quite add up, she argues, and concludes that ethanol simply has to go.  It is not the green fuel some claimed it to be – a wonder that would usher in a new era of global prosperity. Go ahead and read the Current Comment to find out why.

(Edit:  I wrote this post quickly and sloppily.  Sorry about that.  Hopefully, the edits reflect a bit more carefully what Mead has actually written about.)

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